It was a heads-up battle of the titans in the partypoker MILLIONS Europe €10,300 High Roller with Teun Mulder coming out on top after defeating Stephen O'Dwyer heads-up to win the €67,900 top prize at Casino Barcelona.
Mulder began the live-streamed final table with the chip lead. He coughed it up briefly to Vincent Cavailles before zooming along with a huge chip advantage during most of the final table. O'Dwyer wasn't far behind by the time heads-up play began and eventually took a commanding lead. Mulder came storming back to claim yet another huge title and, of course, the coveted trophy.
The High Roller was a two-day, family-style affair with 10 runners generating a €97,000 prize pool with the top two spots making the money.
|1||Teun Mulder||Netherlands||€ 67,900|
|2||Stephen O'Dwyer||Ireland||€ 29,100|
The opening day of the High Roller attracted five entries in Mulder, Cavailles, Jelle Moene, Luuk Gieles, and Estonian chess grandmaster Ottomar Ladva. Ladva was the only one not to make it through to Day 2 after he suffered a bad beat with his cowboys failing to hold against Cavailles' tens.
The second Day attracted five more entries, including two by O'Dwyer, who was busy yesterday bagging up a nice stack for the Main Event. Also joining the action were Gergely Kulcsar, Imad Derwiche, and partypoker MILLIONS Europe Main Event Day 1a chip leader Vitalijs Korhs.
Moene, Gieles, and Derwiche were all on the rail before late registration closed and the official televised final table began at the partypokerTV Twitch and YouTube channels. Meanwhile, O'Dwyer hit the rail just before the end of the late-registration window but had better luck with his second bullet.
Korhs was the first player out at the t.v. table in sixth place when he lost a flip with treys against Mulder's ace-jack suited. Although Mulder extended his lead at the time, that was short-lived. Cavailles won a big pot off Mulder and shortly after took the lead by default when O'Dwyer doubled through Mulder.
Despite losing some momentum, Mulder remained composed and snagged the lead back a couple of hands later. O'Dwyer then ousted a short-stacked Moene when his ace-ten held against king-jack. Mulder then eliminated Cavailles when his jacks held against ace-eight suited to have about 70% of the chips in play with three players remaining.
O'Dwyer then sent the short-stacked Kulcsar out on the bubble when his king-three proved to be good against jack-seven suited but Mulder still had a small chip advantage when heads-up action began. He then extended his lead to a 3:1 advantage before Mulder came storming back to take a small chip lead just before the final hand took place.
Mulder flopped a wheel with ace-trey, while O'Dwyer flopped top pair with queen-five. Aces came on both the turn and river and Mulder check-jammed the river. O'Dwyer tanked before he eventually called and had to settle for the runner-up prize of €29,100.
Congrats to Teun Mulder for yet another big title to add to his ever-growing collection!
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